Trump praises Rittenhouse acquittal, calls the case ‘prosecutorial

Another staffer is departing the White House after less than a year at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as approval ratings for President Biden continue to dive.

Emma Riley, the White House communications chief of staff, announced in a Friday tweet that she is leaving the West Wing and will be joining the Labor Department.

“It was an honor and privilege to serve @POTUS and the American people at the @White House … I’m excited to be moving down Pennsylvania Ave and traveling around the country with @SecMartyWalsh and @USDOL,” wrote Riley.

In addition to Riley’s departure from the White House, Vice President Kamala Harris’ communications director resigned on Thursday amid reports of turmoil within the East Wing.

Ashley Etienne, a longtime top adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., served as Pelosi’s communications director twice, and also in the Obama White House.

“Ashley is a valued member of the Vice President’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official to

A CNN report this week outlined frustration and dysfunction in Harris’ office. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked the vice president if she feels “misused or underused” by the Biden administration. She laughed in response.

According to a Fox News survey released Friday, Biden has received his lowest marks so far during his tenure as president. His approval stands at 44%, while 54% disapprove. Last month, it was 46-53%. His best ratings came in June at 56-43%.

Compared to six months ago, approval of Biden is down 16 points on his handling of coronavirus, 15 points on the economy, and 7 points on immigration. Currently, 36% approve of his efforts on the economy and 31% approve on immigration. On Biden’s best issue, the pandemic, 48% approve. 

Protests erupted in major cities across the U.S. on Friday evening into early Saturday morning after a Kenosha, Wisconsin, court acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges against him.

A 12-person jury on Friday afternoon found Rittenhouse not guilty on five charges, including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide after he shot three people during riots that took place in Kenosha in August 2020, following the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake.

The verdict has sparked debate over gun laws, self-defense and criminal justice as it relates to race.

In Portland, Oregon, police declared a riot in the downtown area after a protest verdict became violent and destructive near the Multnomah County Justice Center, authorities said.

Rioters smashed the window of a city print shop, the near window of a police vehicle and vandalized the Bureau’s precinct downtown.

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